Friday, January 18, 2019 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Community members gather for a ribbon-cutting ceremony held to commemorate the grand opening the newly renovated field house at Proviso West on Jan. 15. | Courtesy District 209
Proviso Township High Schools District 209 officials, along with community leaders, students, coaches and district staffers, were on hand on Jan. 15 to cut the ribbon on the newly renovated Proviso West Field House.
In September, the D209 board allocated $708,605 to hire Kiefer USA, an athletic surface design and installation company based in Lindenhurst, Ill., to overhaul the field house, one of the largest in the state.
The renovations include replacement of of the ceiling and deck, a complete replacement of the track and new wall graphics that feature new school logos, among other improvements.
“The new track will allow the [D209 track and field] teams to raise the level of competitiveness, enhance scholarship opportunities, and take full advantage of one of the few high school field houses in the Midwest that can seat over 700 spectators,” according to a statement the district released Friday.
In the statement, D209 Supt. Jesse Rodriguez said that the new track rises to the level of the track and field teams’ recent performance.
“Year after year our track teams have not only met but exceeded their goals, which include once again competing at the state and national levels,” Rodriguez said.
Nia Abdullah, the school’s principal, said that she was thrilled “that our 4 x 400 state champions now have a track they can brag about.”
Steve Lawrence, a track and field assistance coach at Proviso East, which also competes in the West field house, lauded the renovations.
“I’ve been involved in Proviso over 40 years and the opportunity to have this completed in less than five months shows tremendous leadership and passion for our students,” he said. “Our students not only have equal facilities as everyone else in our conference, but we actually have a state-of-the-art facility at Proviso.”
Tony Brazouski, the district’s assistant superintendent of human resource, athletics and safety, said that the district “is committed to equity, excellence and empowerment, with equity being number one.” VFP
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